The vineyards of Ch. Bélair-Monange now occupy some of the choicest plots of the appellation. One third lie on the limestone plateau, near the historic town of Saint-Emilion, one third are on adjoining, south-facing, steep hillsides, with the balance being on the terraces between the two. The property was bought by the Moueix family in 2008, and they then made big investments, shoring up the land. Beneath the vines lie ancient galleries in the limestone, which were stone quarries, for many centuries – but some were unstable. Above ground, many plots were in need of re-planting, which has been slowly taking place.
Today, only wine from fully mature plots and the best sites is chosen for the Grand Vin, with the 2017 assemblage being 90% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc.
International demand for Bordeaux 1st Growths has taken the prices of Cheval-Blanc and Ausone to levels where their regular consumption is beyond the reaches of most of us. Fortunately, with Ch. Bélair-Monange we have a wine of comparably magnificent, 1st Growth quality, which is now one of the greatest glories of Saint-Emilion. In 2017, the colour is brilliant, medium-deep purple-ruby, with aromas which are open, ripe and delightfully complex. Palate is a luscious fusion, melding fruit intensity with silky texture, well-rounded structure with supple tannins. This is a dazzling wine with magnificent potential, and one of the greatest wines of the vintage. We ardently recommend it to everyone who relishes classic Saint-Emilion at its most thrilling (for drinking 2022-2038+).
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